Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Joyful as all Igbo in Lagos Honour Doar Akunyili.
Igbos in Lagos will shut down their businesses for four hours in honour of the late Prof Dora Akunyili.
This was disclosed in Lagos on Tuesday, August 26, by Nze Basil Osuokwu, national coordinator of South East Ndigbo Lagos, at a dinner/interactive session for market leaders and stakeholders, Igbo, on the platform of Ndigboamaka, a non-governmental organisation of South East Ndigbo Lagos.
According to him, it was a unanimous agreement by the market leaders and stakeholders that they would close down their businesses from 8am-12noon today, as a mark of honour for Akunyili and also to show that they and Igbo, in general, recognised the invaluable achievements of the late professor.
Expressing joy over Dora’s achievement as director general of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and minister of information, Basil said the Igbos were truly proud of Dora while also calling on other Nigerians in public service to emulate her honesty, dedication, hard work and integrity, Daily Sun reports.
He explained that the fact that Akunyili staked her life in the service of Nigeria showed the Igbo spirit of putting everything in what they believe in.
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Professor Dora Akunyili died at the age of 59 at an Indian Hospital on Saturday, June 7, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer. She would have been 60 on July 14th but she was snatched away by death.
Dora, a one time Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010 and a former Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been hailed by many as a true patriot whose will surely be missed.
A Requiem Mass, also known as ‘Mass for the dead’, was held in her honour yesterday in Abuja and it was attended by President Jonathan, his wife Dame Patience Jonathan, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), members of the National Assembly and other notable dignitaries.